If all goes according to plan, in the near future we could witness a direct confrontation between two of the most prominent titans of the technological world: Elon Musk, the creator of companies like Tesla and SpaceX, as well as the owner of Twitter, and Mark Zuckerberg, the co-founder of Facebook and owner of its parent company, Meta. This confrontation, although amateur in nature, involves two of the wealthiest people on the planet and is triggered by a dispute regarding their respective businesses.
The tension between the two tycoons intensified after learning of Meta’s plans to launch Threads, a new Twitter-style microblogging platform. This strategy aims to compete with Musk’s platform, taking advantage of the controversial management it has carried out since its acquisition as well as its recent name change to “X,” which has puzzled many.
Responding to the news about Threads, Musk used his Twitter account in a tongue-in-cheek manner to express that “Earth cannot wait to be solely under Zuck’s control, with no other options.” Also, when someone joked about Zuckerberg’s jiu-jitsu training, Musk took the opportunity to publicly challenge him to a fight.
Surprisingly, Zuckerberg did not ignore the invitation and responded on Instagram, asking that I send him “the location” for the match. From that moment on, both moguls began to discuss possible places and dates for the confrontation, although specific rules for the fight have not yet been defined.
Musk proposed the UFC Apex in Las Vegas as the venue for the bout, while Zuckerberg suggested August 26 as the date. However, Musk has yet to confirm his agreement for that date. Musk is training for the fight with the help of Georges St-Pierre, a former MMA fighter and two-time UFC welterweight champion. In addition, he is undergoing intensive physical preparation and plans to broadcast the event live on his X platform, with the proceeds going to charities for war veterans.
Despite this, Zuckerberg has questioned the suitability of Musk’s platform for raising charitable funds from his own Threads platform. Other details still under discussion include the choice of referee, with Musk proposing Joe Rogan, a well-known podcaster, for that role.
What started as an apparent joke is taking shape by the day, and the anticipation for this showdown between the tech giants is growing with time.